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Post-apocalyptic scenarios have become commonplace in the various manifestations of geek culture, but Peter Ricq’s graphic novel debut, Once Our Land (League Productions, 2016), takes the concept in a fascinating new direction.
Primarily set in Aspen, Colorado, Ipso Facto is a coming-of-age story with a twist: the main protagonist Mosel, who thought he was just another high school teenager, discovers he is an alien tasked with the decision to save humanity. Written by J.R. Rothenberg and illustrated by Jason Badower (True Blood, Castle), this trade paperback from Shenandoah Publishing collects the first six issues. For the first volume, Rothenberg and Badower were joined by colorist Annette Kwok (The Watch and Witch King, Witchblade), letterer Jim Campbell, and edited by Joan Hilty.
One of my favorite movies in recent memory is the 2014 What We Do in the Shadows (directed by and starring Taika Waititi who is currently directing the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok for Marvel), a delightful parody of all-things vampire and reality TV. Shot in the faux-documentary style of The Office and following the daily lives of a group of vampires sharing a flat in New Zealand, What We Do takes on every vampire (and werewolf!) trope imaginable to hilarious effect.
There’s just about every flavor of post-apocalyptic fiction these days. The Walking Dead still pulls readers (and viewers) into its tense, ongoing narrative. Greg Rucka’s Lazarus depicts the aftermath of an economic apocalypse, with the wealthy and powerful resuming feudal roles. The Wake and The Massive both take aim at the aftermath of ecological disasters through its effects on the world’s oceans and coastlines. And, of course, there are other pop culture mainstays, like the car-focused Mad Max franchise or the tongue-in-cheek post-nuclear wastelands of the Fallout games. Wild Blue Yonder – the creation of the team of Mike Raicht (who writes), Zach Howard (who, with colorist Nathan Daniel, provides the art), and Austin Harrison – marks another, and though it may not do anything you haven’t seen in the genre at large, what it does, it does with its own style.
Back to the Future: Untold Tales and Alternate Timelines is not, as you might expect, a new adventure of Doc Brown and Marty McFly careening through time aboard a DeLorean and/or train. Instead, it’s an anthology of stories to fill in some of the cracks left by the movies themselves. The first – and most obviously necessary – story tells how Marty first met Doc Brown, as they are inexplicably close friends by the beginning of the first movie, and the series goes on from there.
Adamant #1 is the beginning of what promises to be a pretty cool and exciting, new comic. It combines two of my favorite things—superheroes and time travel—and already, it doesn’t disappoint.
While it’s certainly true that Buffy the Vampire Slayer has “saved the world... a lot” and that publisher Dark Horse Comics has shepherded the slayer through several successful seasons beyond the final episode of Buffy the TV show, Dark Horse’s latest release featuring the blonde heroine, Buffy: The High School Years - Freaks & Geeks (written by Faith Erin Hicks and featuring the art of Yishan Li), takes us back to the “golden age” of the slayer and the Scooby Gang, when high school was Hell!
If you've been following most of my reviews (as well as an editorial coming up this week), you should know by now that I'm a HUGE Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles fan. As a fan of any franchise, most of us tend to root for the heroes, but some of us also like the baddies. TMNT has a couple major villains like Shredder and Krang, but it's their secondary cronies that I enjoy more, particularly--you guessed it--Bebop and Rocksteady!